Home Page

The Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival is April 26th, 27th and 28th on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Park in Little Rock. Great food, music, competitions, and FUN! All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas.

Viva Italia! Viva Arkansas!

Tickets are $5 dollars and kids five and under are FREE!

Italian History of Arkansas

Henri de Tonti was among the first to arrive in Arkansas, creating the Arkansas Post as a trading outpost and first permanent European settlement in 1686.

Father Pietro Bandini leads the settlement of Tontitown in Washington County in 1898, where Italian immigrants begin planting grape vineyards.

Many agriculture-based and mining jobs were offered to Italians willing to immigrate to Arkansas in the early 1900s; however, workers were often mistreated and were not paid living wages.

Due to the harsh treatment of farming families and unhealthy living conditions, the Italian government halted immigration in the 1920s to a small community in Chicot County.

Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni came to Arkansas with her husband, who became a professor at the University of Arkansas; her poetry earned Rosa acclaim as she became the state’s poet laureate from 1953 to 1970.

In 1900, Andrew Longino becomes the first Italian-American Governor of a Southern state in nearby Mississippi.

Italian Americans have started festivals, established traditions, and made several culinary contributions to Arkansas’s heritage throughout the past two centuries; they continue to contribute to Arkansas’s diverse, unique culture.

Parking

We'll have TONS of parking available for you near Clinton Presidential Park!

Get Involved

Reserve Your Hotel at Special Rates

Become a Festival Vendor

Help Spread the Word

Sponsorship Levels

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Call Patrick Presley at 501-580-3434 or email ppresley@arclubs.org or justin@1037thebuzz.com.

ferrariicon

Ferrari Presenting Sponsor

Top billing on all promotional and marketing materials including radio, television, print, outdoor, social media platforms and all printed materials

Exclusivity of product or service used, unless waived by sponsor

Priority Signage: 20 x 60 Entertainment tent on sponsor row 

4 free riders in bike race, 2 slots in bocce, free admission for one team in the sauce contest

250 one-day gate passes and $250 beverage credit

Presenting sponsor on official event T-shirt and Festival Poster

8 tickets to VIP Dinner

Thank you Ferrari Sponsor:

brushicon

Michelangelo – $2,500

Tier 3 company logo inclusion on all
printed and promotional materials

Signage locations throughout the venue

10 x 10 promotional area

Free admission for one team in the sauce contest

100 one-day gate passes and $100 beverage credit

Sponsor on official event T-shirt and Festival Poster

2 tickets to VIP Dinner

Thank you Michelangelo Sponsors:

                                           

tuxIcon

Armani – $5,000

Featured “Sponsored By” on all promotional materials

Exclusivity of product or service used, unless waived by sponsor

Prominent signage and promotion/mention in all media broadcast, print, radio, social media

10 x 10 promotional area

50 one-day passes 

Sponsor on official event T-shirt and
Festival Poster

4 tickets to VIP Dinner

 

 

 

Thank you Armani Sponsors:

             

colosseumicon

Colosseum – $1,500

Tier 4 logo on T-shirts and Festival Poster

Signage location throughout the venue

20 one-day gate passes

10 x 10 promotional area

Company listed on all broadcast, print and social media promotional materials

  

Thank you Colosseum Sponsors:

                                        

Thank you additional Supporters and Vendors:

                              

Get Ready to Show Your Italian Side

Tell us about yourself so we can keep you up-to-date on all the exciting new details.

Tweet why you're looking forward to the Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival using the hashtag #ItalyInAR!